Cayman has numerous party venues which can take the stress out of organising! Kids will love a day spent skating at King’s Sports Centre, which has a party room available for rent, or a day spent splashing around with turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre. See pages 222 and 239 for some more venue ideas.
Cheaper Alternative: Host at home, at a park or on the beach. But bear in mind that while they are more wallet-friendly, they usually require more work! Cabanas at parks and beaches are free, but you need to book online.
You can buy beautiful invitations at any of Cayman’s party shops and some even offer customisation options.
Cheaper Alternative: Utilise free and inexpensive digital email invitations such as those on Paperless Post or Evite. These same platforms can be used for sending out your ‘thank you’ notes post party!
Party venues will usually provide food as part of their party package, but if you are hosting at home you will need to organise food and drinks. Try one of Cayman’s caterers, or the supermarkets can provide party platters of fresh sandwiches, snacks and fruit. Local bakeries can produce a delicious cake to match your theme.
Cheaper Alternative: Make the sandwiches and cakes yourself or you can even just order pizzas or throw some burgers on the BBQ. Serve with chips and fruit skewers.
It’s easy to forget to take photos of your child’s special day when you are rushing around organising children, so it makes sense to hire a professional photographer. Cayman’s photographers can capture all the highlights of your little one’s big day!
Cheaper Alternative: Ask a friend to be in charge of taking photos with your camera so you can focus on the fun. Don’t forget to let them know if there are any key pictures you’d like, such as blowing out the candles.
Face painters, magicians, balloon twisters and other entertainers will all elevate your child’s party, but make sure to book them well in advance. You could also hire a bouncy castle, water slide and giant garden games such as Connect Four, Jenga and Twister.
Cheaper Alternative: Games such as musical statues, sleeping lions, blind man’s bluff and pass the parcel are suitable from about the age of four and offer lots of fun for little or no cost.
Cayman’s party shops stock a wide variation of decorations. Popular themes include: Pirate (perfect for Cayman!), Disney, Mad Scientist, Frozen, Animals/Jungle, Circus, Sports – the choices are endless. They also offer equipment rental such as tables and chairs.
Cheaper Alternative: Keep the decorations simple with just some balloons and streamers – or even better, create your own bunting! You will find plenty of free templates online.
These are hugely popular and are a nice way for the birthday child to thank you for attending their party. Gifts can include pencils, stickers, mini colouring books, bouncy balls and a few sweets. Try and avoid too much plastic though.
Cheaper Alternative: Give each child a small memento or slice of birthday cake to take home. Foster’s at the Airport has a dollar aisle which may help with small items that won’t break the bank.
Face painting, body painting and temporary tattoos by professional painters.
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